AFC Bournemouth: Full-back Simon Francis pens new deal at Cherries

FRESH DEAL: Simon Francis

FRESH DEAL: Simon Francis

First published in Sport Bournemouth Echo: Photograph of the Author by

NEWLY-crowned fans’ favourite Simon Francis finally ended speculation surrounding his Cherries future and then insisted his best years were still ahead of him.

Francis, the subject of two failed bids from Championship rivals Derby over the summer, yesterday committed himself to Cherries by signing a new three-year contract.

The 29-year-old has played a key role in the club’s success under Eddie Howe and capped a memorable campaign last season by winning the coveted Daily Echo-Micky Cave supporters’ player-of-the-year award.

His form prompted Derby to table two bids – believed to have been in the region of £250,000 and £500,000 – both of which were rejected by Cherries with the club steadfastly insisting Francis was not for sale.

Francis, who joined Cherries from Charlton for £25,000 in January 2012 following a brief loan spell at Dean Court, has missed just one league game since Howe returned to the club 22 months ago.

The dependable defender told the Daily Echo: “I can see the club going places sooner rather than later. At my age and at this stage of my career, hopefully, I have got the best years ahead of me and I am absolutely delighted they are going to be here.

“It has been a different summer for me with the interest from Derby. But the bids were never anywhere near what the club valued me at and that was absolutely fine.

"If the club valued me at a high price that must mean they rate me and wanted to keep me. I wanted to repay them by saying I wanted to stay and they offered me a new contract which I was delighted to sign.

“If I’m honest, I didn’t think the club would be where it is now when I first signed. I came here because I wanted to play games, I knew the manager at the time and I was out of favour at Charlton. I know there have been ups and downs on the management side but I have enjoyed every minute of it.

“Under the current manager, it has been a whirlwind of a time, both for me and the club.

“They have been the best two years of my career and I feel I have played some of the best football. Everyone has performed well and that has been reflected by how well we have done as a team.

“I am not going to rest on my laurels and settle for what I did last season. I want to kick on and I signed the new deal because I feel we can as a team and I can as a player.

"I don’t think I had anything to prove to other people last season but I wanted to prove to myself that I could play at this level. I also want to prove I can hopefully play higher and would be delighted if that was with Bournemouth.”

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6:34am Fri 15 Aug 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

If all Derby thought Francis was worth was £250-500k no wonder they got turned down, must've have taken the board ages to stop laughing at such derisory offers!!
Good to have Simon signed up for another three years he was key to last seasons success, good luck tomorrow boys it should be electric at DC!
UTCIAD
If all Derby thought Francis was worth was £250-500k no wonder they got turned down, must've have taken the board ages to stop laughing at such derisory offers!! Good to have Simon signed up for another three years he was key to last seasons success, good luck tomorrow boys it should be electric at DC! UTCIAD TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 14

6:48am Fri 15 Aug 14

ParkstonePete says...

Whilst on the face of it this is good news we all know that in football contracts are not worth the paper they are written on and that if an offer comes in and a player wishes to leave it tends to be a done deal.

The most interesting part of this story is the level of the Derby offers during the close season, £500k! Ridiculous.
Whilst on the face of it this is good news we all know that in football contracts are not worth the paper they are written on and that if an offer comes in and a player wishes to leave it tends to be a done deal. The most interesting part of this story is the level of the Derby offers during the close season, £500k! Ridiculous. ParkstonePete
  • Score: 5

7:17am Fri 15 Aug 14

Solentcherry says...

Great news, one of the first names to write on the team sheet every week for me.
Agree, derisory offer.
On a more unsettling note, see Palace are the latest club to be looking for a new manager this morning......... Let the speculation begin !
COYC.
Great news, one of the first names to write on the team sheet every week for me. Agree, derisory offer. On a more unsettling note, see Palace are the latest club to be looking for a new manager this morning......... Let the speculation begin ! COYC. Solentcherry
  • Score: 2

7:25am Fri 15 Aug 14

Wilkie says...

Observing the mediocrity that is glen johnson in an england shirt, I honestly found myself thinking that our simon has got to be better. Great news that he has signed up.
Observing the mediocrity that is glen johnson in an england shirt, I honestly found myself thinking that our simon has got to be better. Great news that he has signed up. Wilkie
  • Score: 16

7:27am Fri 15 Aug 14

Afcbpete says...

Delighted with Franno signing!!
Derby must of been having a laugh, that's all I can say... Bring on Brentford!! UTCIAD
Delighted with Franno signing!! Derby must of been having a laugh, that's all I can say... Bring on Brentford!! UTCIAD Afcbpete
  • Score: 4

7:47am Fri 15 Aug 14

WhatTheHuck says...

Afcbpete wrote:
Delighted with Franno signing!!
Derby must of been having a laugh, that's all I can say... Bring on Brentford!! UTCIAD
would think malky mackay would be nailed on for that one.
[quote][p][bold]Afcbpete[/bold] wrote: Delighted with Franno signing!! Derby must of been having a laugh, that's all I can say... Bring on Brentford!! UTCIAD[/p][/quote]would think malky mackay would be nailed on for that one. WhatTheHuck
  • Score: 1

7:49am Fri 15 Aug 14

WhatTheHuck says...

WhatTheHuck wrote:
Afcbpete wrote:
Delighted with Franno signing!!
Derby must of been having a laugh, that's all I can say... Bring on Brentford!! UTCIAD
would think malky mackay would be nailed on for that one.
Re the palace speculation. Sorry quoted the wrong comment!
[quote][p][bold]WhatTheHuck[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Afcbpete[/bold] wrote: Delighted with Franno signing!! Derby must of been having a laugh, that's all I can say... Bring on Brentford!! UTCIAD[/p][/quote]would think malky mackay would be nailed on for that one.[/p][/quote]Re the palace speculation. Sorry quoted the wrong comment! WhatTheHuck
  • Score: 2

8:24am Fri 15 Aug 14

abc100 says...

To think we paid only £25k for him
Is hilarious, not many teams most attacking player is the right back
To think we paid only £25k for him Is hilarious, not many teams most attacking player is the right back abc100
  • Score: 4

11:08am Fri 15 Aug 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

WhatTheHuck wrote:
WhatTheHuck wrote:
Afcbpete wrote:
Delighted with Franno signing!!
Derby must of been having a laugh, that's all I can say... Bring on Brentford!! UTCIAD
would think malky mackay would be nailed on for that one.
Re the palace speculation. Sorry quoted the wrong comment!
I have a big 'Palace fan at work and am currently trying to horrify him by rumouring that Di Canio is on his way there! ;-}

PS Eddie is 40/1 for the role, but would you leave project-Cherries for Palace - I think not!
[quote][p][bold]WhatTheHuck[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]WhatTheHuck[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Afcbpete[/bold] wrote: Delighted with Franno signing!! Derby must of been having a laugh, that's all I can say... Bring on Brentford!! UTCIAD[/p][/quote]would think malky mackay would be nailed on for that one.[/p][/quote]Re the palace speculation. Sorry quoted the wrong comment![/p][/quote]I have a big 'Palace fan at work and am currently trying to horrify him by rumouring that Di Canio is on his way there! ;-} PS Eddie is 40/1 for the role, but would you leave project-Cherries for Palace - I think not! TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 11

1:51pm Fri 15 Aug 14

ASM says...

Brentford have just signed a lethal looking spanish left winger so francis will have to be his usual brilliant self tomorrow, hopefully the guy doesn't play but he might come on for them as a sub
Brentford have just signed a lethal looking spanish left winger so francis will have to be his usual brilliant self tomorrow, hopefully the guy doesn't play but he might come on for them as a sub ASM
  • Score: 1

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